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Motivational Japanese Quotes and Sayings

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Japanese quotes, japan sayings, and japan proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Japanese quotes about life

“The whole of Japan is a pure invention. There is no such country, there are no such people… The Japanese people are… simply a mode of style, an exquisite fancy of art.”

Oscar Wilde


“The Japanese see self-assertion as an immoral and self-sacrifice as the sensible course to take in life.”

Akira Kurosawa

“Japan is very cosmopolitan – it values its origins, but a world view hovers above this narrow perspective. The interest of the Japanese in their folk culture is transcendental.”

F. Sionil Jose


“Japan is the perfect example of making plans, and watching God laugh.”

Christopher Titus


“Japan is a well-educated, technological society. It is a free society, protects intellectual property.”

John Roos


“Japan never considers time together as time wasted. Rather, it is time invested.”

Donald Richie